EVERYDAY incorporated is a new training ministry launched on Jan 1st 2010. Lyle Griner is the director along with leadership with a new advisory board and group of Associate Trainers. EveryDay is now the umbrella organization for several worthy and great programs, Peer Ministry Leadership (PML) being the cornerstone. The title EverDay was chosen as it defines ministry as a way of living every day, everywhere and in every relationship.
PML is couched in a Good Samaritan style of leadership that fits all youth. Youth most often see Christian leadership imaged in the context of microphones or committees. “Good roles, but they only fit a few youth. I believe Peer Ministry Leadership can give a better representation of Christian leadership as it equips people with caring and welcoming skills that will be used in the congregation but most importantly in all aspects of life.” Says director Lyle Griner. “Moving youth into leadership is essential as youth are either leading or they are leaving.”
EveryDay goals include deepening and broadening the use of PML into all denominations, congregations, campus ministry and youth serving organizations. Helping congregations better define Christian Leadership. Develop 50 new Training Associates representing all denominations and areas of the country. PML will be offered in various new ways and customized to work well with other groups.
EveryDay will also host training for Full Circle: Triple-A Adults, a program in which congregations can equip all adults with specific skills and ways to mentor a young person’s faith. Building Bridges teaches congregations how to gather families to learn a rhythm of faith practices with a belief that families need to practice hands on in the congregation before they will use them as an every day practice in the home. Growing Groups trains all small group leaders in a learn-by-doing style that results in confidence with using skills and a grounding in the relational mentoring.
EveryDay is also partnering with congregations who can not presently afford a youth minister, or who must wait to hire due to economic restraints. Training, organizing and mentoring youth ministry is a better option than not doing anything, or pouring efforts into things that don’t work.